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How Has the Recession Affected Your Career?
—James Pass, Los Angeles
"Since the recession, my usual penny-pinching has become almost an obsession. I still spend money on items for my career—quality shoes, dance classes, lessons, health—but getting the very best price for everything has become my goal. I don't buy things that aren't consumable unless they are specific to my career enhancement. I also don't go out to eat or drink, so this somewhat affects my social life. I still see friends at auditions and classes, so it's not a bad thing. In truth, I see the same crew at the free-sample trays at Whole Foods, so there is community despite the struggle."
—Dana Marie, New York
"I've actually done okay by the recession. I wrote, directed, produced, and co-starred in a Web series called Odd Jobs, about two roommates who make the most out of unemployment by doing the oddest of jobs on Craigslist. Around the show, I created a resource for the unemployed called Odd Job Nation (www.oddjob
nation.com), where you can find odd jobs, create a profile, get advice on working the system, and interact with your peers. A Hollywood show runner saw it, and now he's going to help shop it around as a TV pilot."
—Jeremy Redleaf, New York
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